• 5 Mar 2022 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nick was born in Sussex England and began playing golf at 12 years old. Immediately after leaving High School, Nick turned pro at 16 years and became the youngest, fully qualified member of the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland at the age of 18.

    He visited the USA for the first time in the winter of 1979 to prepare for playing tournament golf. Six years later he turned his attention to the business side of golf and started a golf club manufacturing company in southern California. In 1994 Nick founded his own youth and adult golf academy at Bayonet and Black Horse GC. It was at Bayonet and Black Horse that John Zoller and Ollie Nutt approached him to help establish The First Tee Monterey County.

    Nick is the CEO of First Tee Monterey County, and he has seen it grow into the largest youth development organization in the County. The organization serves over 10,000 young people a year and has reached over 100,000 children since its inception. First Tee enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum. It also operates the Taylor Farms Center For Learning: providing academic programs, educational support and continued life skills training; and Pay It Forward Scholarship and Mentoring Program: supporting and holding first generation college students accountable for success.

    Nick is married to Elissa, and they have two children; Pierce, 19, and Kensington, 18. Pierce is a United States Marine, and Kensington hopes to attend college on an equestrian team in 2022.

  • 12 Feb 2022 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Visionary Life of Harry Guggenheim

    "Smillie, a former senior reporter for Forbes who also served as chief content officer at Guggenheim Partners, offers a lively portrait of entrepreneur and philanthropist Harry Guggenheim—a man of impressive achievements and staggering wealth…A brisk, well-researched biography."

    Dirk Smillie is a former Senior Writer at Forbes magazine, where he wrote about family business dynasties and was on the Forbes 400 team (Forbes' annual rich list). For six years he was Chief Content Officer at Guggenheim Partners, a $300 billion financial services firm. Beside The Business of Tomorrow, he is author of Falwell, Inc. (St. Martin's). The book is the basis for two episodes in a series being developed for Netflix on the impact of evangelicals on American culture. He was a Coro Fellow in public policy and co-authored numerous studies of the press and the presidency at the Media Studies Center, Columbia University. He lives in New York City and has a daughter who is a freshman at Colorado College.

  • 4 Feb 2022 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The format at our Spanish Bay event Feb. 1st was unusual. The foursomes were formed according to handicap levels, the lowest handicappers grouped in Team #1 on down to the highest handicaps in Team #6. We played the two best balls, except on any one hole on each nine, one best ball. We were curious to see if the handicap system worked in practice. Team #4 was first, #1 second, #2 third, #3 and #5 tied for fourth and fifth, and #6 was last. You tell me how the handicaps worked? The outlier #4 team was best but only by one stroke. #1 was in the money and #2 was also right there a gnat’s ass from the prizes. The others were middle of the pack where they were handicapped while #6 was indeed last. Go figure.

    Below are the gruesome mug shots of the gang that claimed first prize:

    Matthew Myers, Rick Thau, Jim Giancola and Grant Carmichael

    The second place yokels are still squawking over the scoring and “woulda coulda”:

    Michael Georgariou, Brad Gebert, Greg Northcraft, and Bill Yakobovich


    Crazy Horse Ranch—Tuesday March 15th

    Tehema—Tuesday April 12th

    Next week on Feb. 15th at Pacific Grove, sign-ups and payments are complete. I have two standbys on waitlist so any cancels or dropouts would be refunded.

  • 16 Jan 2022 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Susan StilwellOur speakers will be Susan Stilwell (Founder and Chairman) and Lori Butterworth (CEO) of AIM Youth Mental Health.  They will specifically address how AIM is answering the recent call from the Surgeon General for our nation to protect the mental health of its youth.

    AIM is finding and funding the most promising youth mental health research in the world. In support of that we are building a movement devoted to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults. 

  • 22 Dec 2021 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our water infrastructure, regulations and conservation efforts

    Chris Cook came to California American Water in 2015 as Assistant Engineering Manager and was promoted to Engineering Manager the following year. Since 2018, Chris has served in his current roles as Director of Operations, guiding the Central Division’s operations, $30 million operating budget, union relations and safety culture. Chris also continues to work with engineering on the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.

    Before joining California American Water, Chris held engineering positions as an R&D engineer and engineering consultant. He also served a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa.

    Chris went to All Saints in Carmel Valley and then Stevenson High School in Pebble Beach. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The University of California, San Diego and a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

    Chris brings a hometown pride, collaborative management style and an engaging enthusiasm to his work, as well as more than 15 years of experience in engineering, project and workforce management.

  • 21 Nov 2021 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our December speaker will be Major General William M. Matz, Jr., US Army (Ret.), the Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission.  ABMC administers, operates and maintains 26 permanent American military cemeteries and 32 federal memorials, monuments and markers, most of which commemorate the service and sacrifice of Americans who served in World War I and World War II.  They are among the most beautiful and meticulously maintained shrines in the world. 

  • 18 Jul 2021 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Katrina Maestri spent 15 years in an international corporate career with General Motors and has a wide range of Marketing, Strategy, and New Business Development experience. While at GM, she specialized in working with start-up operations, including entering new geographic markets as well as launching new technology ventures. Since leaving the corporate world, Katrina has enjoyed applying her experience to non-profits in both the U.S. and abroad. Katrina and her family moved to the U.S. in 2010 so that her daughter could receive the specialized support she needs to thrive with her dyslexia. Katrina is passionate about fostering educational opportunities for students with learning differences and raising awareness regarding the high potential of this creative, dynamic population. She has served on the Chartwell Board since 2014 and is currently the President.

  • 11 Mar 2021 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stillwater Club Members and Guests — Gather around your Zoom-Contraptions next Thursday, the 18th, at 1:00 for a Presentation and Visit with Susie Brusa, CEO of Rancho Cielo.

    Rancho Cielo is the 100-acre campus in East Salinas providing education, vocational training, and enrichment for underserved and at-risk youth in Monterey County. It has been a great success story and Susie will tell us all about, surely to leave us inspired. Special thanks are due to our fellow, Dr. Spence Myers for introducing The Stillwater Club to Ms. Brusa.

    This will be a ZOOM Program Meeting. So, just log on.

    For ZOOM instructions and support, contact Jeff Froke at 831-224-8595 (phone or message) , or email at jbf@birdrockpress.com.

  • 11 Oct 2020 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    The PGA Championship is complete… The Masters approaches. The August fires in the Valley have been squashed and Alan Shipnuck and his family have repatriated to their home and he is again rarin’ to address the members of The Stillwater Club. Hey, that’s us!

    Alan Shipnuck — a local (Carmel) prodigy -- wrote his first Sports Illustrated cover story in 1994, as a 21-year-old intern. Upon graduating from UCLA in 1996, he became one of the youngest staff writers in the magazine's history. Now a senior writer, Shipnuck writes regularly on golf. He is the author, with Christina Kim, of Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star, as well as The Battle for Augusta National and Bud, Sweat & Tees, a national best-seller.

    Because we hope for and anticipate a goodly “turn out,” you now - or later if you choose - have the opportunity to submit questions for Alan in advance; and we may have time on the fly, as well. These will be gathered and asked of Mr. Shipnuck by your program chair and nowadays zoom host who you’ll just have to trust to get it right. More to the point, Alan is a wonderfully engaging, make that riveting speaker on the game — and the players — of professional golf. You will be glad you “attended,” however virtually. There is no charge for lunch, in fact none is provided — so bring your own if you wish, even crunchy chips —> Your host controls the mute button.

    Your fellow member Jeff Froke is inviting you to a previously rain-checked and rescheduled Zoom meeting that still promises to be a lot of fun. Send an RSVP and your questions for Alan, plus any procedural questions for Jeff to him at —- jbfroke@mac.com, or call 831-224-8595.

  • 5 Feb 2020 8:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Having recently celebrated his 21st anniversary as President/CEO of Montage Health, Dr. Packer will share his review of 2019 with an eye towards the key challenges that lay ahead for 2020. Dr. Packer will discuss several initiatives underway including efforts to bring additional medical expertise to our community through the recruitment of new physicians and expanding the hospital’s role in addressing broader aspects of health within our community.

    Dr. Steven Packer was appointed as President/Chief Executive Officer of Montage Health and its related corporations in January 1999. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (1997-1999) and was Medical Director of Community Hospital's intensive care unit for 11 years. A graduate of UCSF School of Medicine, he completed internal medicine training there, as well. Next, he took a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at UC Irvine, and later he enrolled in the executive program at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. In 2009, Dr. Packer was awarded a Walker-Sullivan Fellowship by the California Health Foundation and Trust, funding his study of mass casualty incident response in Israel. In 2012 Dr. Packer served on “Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force,” a group convened by California’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    Dr. Packer stays active in community and industry affairs and serves on the boards of the California Hospital Association (past chair), Vizient, Norcal Mutual Insurance Company, CSUMB Foundation, and Stevenson School.

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